Lady of the Frothingham Family
ca. 1835 Moses B. Russell Born: Woodstock, New Hampshire Died: 1884 watercolor on ivory sight 2 1/2 x 2 in. (6.2 x 5.1 cm) oval Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1983.17.1 Not currently on view
Luce Center Label
The Frothingham family were from Haverhill, situated along the Merrimack River in Essex County, Massachusetts. Local cemeteries bear witness to the passing of several generations of Frothingham family members from this area, and from other parts of Massachusetts. In this portrait Moses Russell took great care to render the woman's upswept hair, and likewise in Gentleman of the Frothingham Family (1983.17.2) he paid meticulous attention to the young man's eyes, clearly visible behind his glasses.
Portrait female - Frothingham, Unidentified - bust
painting - miniature
paint - watercolor